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by Matt_B
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: From The Forum: 198
Replies: 10
Views: 391

Re: From The Forum: 198

So, there's nobody who'll be playing each of them for thirty seconds, unplugging it, and sticking it in the cupboard to gather dust then? :)
by Matt_B
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Nintendo Switch Discussion
Replies: 1635
Views: 41331

Re: Nintendo Switch Discussion

Plus I’d love to see the Metroid Prime games remastered - I bet they’d look a treat on the system. Maybe once MP4 gets closer to release, they’ll publish the trilogy as an appetiser ... I live in (forlorn) hope... There have been industry insider types who have publicly confirmed Metroid Prime Tril...
by Matt_B
Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Amstrad, Spectrum or C64. What is the worst and best hardware for gaming?
Replies: 27
Views: 829

Re: Amstrad, Spectrum or C64. What is the worst and best hardware for gaming?

I managed to pick up a bit of assembly programming on the Spectrum. However, when a single bug was usually going to crash the computer and mean re-loading the assembler and my program from tape, assuming that I'd remembered to save it, it was very difficult to write anything complex. Having an assem...
by Matt_B
Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: What if Amstrad hadn't bought the Spectrum name
Replies: 6
Views: 200

Re: What if Amstrad hadn't bought the Spectrum name

What companies were making computers for the gaming market? To me, only American companies like Commodore with the C64 and Atari with its 8-bit computers. What else except dedicated consoles? I can't say that Amstrad has produced anything 16 bit, games-related. I am not taking the ver low specked S...
by Matt_B
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: What if Amstrad hadn't bought the Spectrum name
Replies: 6
Views: 200

Re: What if Amstrad hadn't bought the Spectrum name

I'd think that if Amstrad hadn't bought out Sinclair, someone else would have because its share of the market was just too big. The main reason they were failing was because of other products that had racked up large development costs without selling much. The C5, QL and the TV80 are obvious example...
by Matt_B
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Amstrad, Spectrum or C64. What is the worst and best hardware for gaming?
Replies: 27
Views: 829

Re: Amstrad, Spectrum or C64. What is the worst and best hardware for gaming?

Are the C64 and Vic 20 Basics made by Microsoft? I have understood that Simon's Basic on the C64 is very good. Was it cartridge-based? How much free Ram did it have? Yes, to the former. Legend has it that Bill Gates wanted to license it so that a royalty was paid for every unit sold, but Tramiel wa...
by Matt_B
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Backwards Compatability
Replies: 79
Views: 2466

Re: Backwards Compatability

Yep, although I wouldn't put it past developers to insist on making new games so graphically demanding that they'll still be capped at 30.
by Matt_B
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Retrogaming Spotlight: Missile Command
Replies: 12
Views: 634

Re: Retrogaming Spotlight: Missile Command

Yeah, it's a game that really loses something without the trackball controls. If you have to play it with anything else, I find the next best thing is a mouse.
by Matt_B
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Nintendo Switch Discussion
Replies: 1635
Views: 41331

Re: Nintendo Switch Discussion

Doom 3 is a good game which had outstanding graphics for its day, but it plays very differently to the first two games in the series and the recent reboot in that it's more of a slow-paced jump-scare horror affair. In terms of what the Switch is getting, it's the 2012 BFG edition re-make with the im...
by Matt_B
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: What games/consoles have you bought this week??
Replies: 31699
Views: 738308

Re: What games/consoles have you bought this week??

They're not so much new purchases but I found an old VIC-20 and a C64C - complete with 1541 - while cleaning out my father-in-law's garage. They both power on UK, but are missing a few cables and could use a bit of TLC.
by Matt_B
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What Films/TV Have you Watched Recently?
Replies: 14569
Views: 234970

Re: What Films/TV Have you Watched Recently?

I thought Dumbo was OK. It's obviously nowhere near Burton's best but, for a Disney film, I thought it had a few interesting things to say about the history of the company, their theme parks and its founder.
by Matt_B
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Nintendo Switch Discussion
Replies: 1635
Views: 41331

Re: Nintendo Switch Discussion

That's disappointing. Still, their UK operation has always been a bit low in the food chain so hopefully it's just a case of the memo taking time to get through to the staff there. From what I've read elsewhere the leading theories are that it's either wear and tear on the contacts or dust getting i...
by Matt_B
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Nintendo Switch Discussion
Replies: 1635
Views: 41331

Re: Nintendo Switch Discussion

I've never had it myself and the good news seems to be that Nintendo are now taking the problem seriously and will fix it for free even outside the warranty period: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8xzzva/internal-nintendo-memo-instructs-customer-service-to-fix-joy-con-drift-for-free Obviously it'...
by Matt_B
Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What Films/TV Have you Watched Recently?
Replies: 14569
Views: 234970

Re: What Films/TV Have you Watched Recently?

I enjoyed Yesterday. It's obviously good as Beatles homage, but also works as a humorous critique of the music industry and the obstacles it places in the way even of musicians who really do have some world class material to call upon. There's some laugh-out-loud comedy too. On the downside Ed Sheer...
by Matt_B
Sun Jul 21, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Sony announces Playstation 1 Classic
Replies: 213
Views: 8191

Re: Sony announces Playstation 1 Classic

Oh, they know it all right. They're just very good at factoring in the costs and uncertainties of international shipping. So yeah, you can order it cheaper from overseas, but you'll have to wait ages for it to arrive and it'll end up costing you more and taking even longer if you get a dud and you'v...